A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most severe and debilitating types of injuries you can sustain in a car accident. TBIs are often fatal, and those who are fortunate enough to survive may suffer permanent cognitive or physical disabilities.
Traumatic brain injuries are caused by a jolt, bump, or blow to the head, all of which are common in high-impact collisions. In a major accident, the abrupt change in velocity can cause your head to jolt or to hit the steering wheel, side window, or dashboard.Despite tremendous advancements in automotive safety technology, TBIs are still alarmingly common. Between
2002 and 2006, traumatic brain injuries caused 52,000 deaths, 275,000 hospitalizations, and more than 1.3 million emergency room visits. In 2013, motor vehicle accidents were the third leading cause of TBI-related emergency room visits and deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It goes without saying that a TBI can have a profound impact on a person’s career, relationships, and day to day well-being, and the cost of medical treatment is more than most people earn in a lifetime. Although no amount of compensation can undo the trauma of living with a TBI, you may be able to regain your financial footing by filing a personal injury claim.If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury in a car accident that a negligent driver caused, contact
Hammack Law Firm. Paul Hammack has more than 17 years of experience as a successful litigator. He will evaluate your case and gather evidence to help you pursue the highest possible settlement. Call 864-326-3333 today to schedule a free initial consultation with a car accident lawyer in Spartanburg.
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What Are the Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury after a Car Accident?
It is common for accident victims to put off their medical evaluation because they fear the high cost of healthcare bills. But a fast diagnosis may improve the outcome of your treatment, and seeking prompt medical attention will put you in a more favorable position to file a personal injury claim. If you wait too long to visit your doctor, the insurance company or the at-fault driver might contend that your injury was caused by something else or that your own negligence contributed to its severity.
You should seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a traumatic brain injury:
- Loss of consciousness;
- Feeling confused, disoriented, dizzy, or dazed;
- Sleep problems or abnormal sleep patterns;
- Blurred vision;
- Memory problems; or
If you suffer a moderate to severe brain injury, you may also notice seizures, pupil dilation, fluids draining from your ears or nose, or slurred speech.
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